Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is definitely in the air! We’re not talking about expensive chocolates, candle light dinners and gold dipped roses (seriously, does anyone actually buy those?!). FebruaryÂ at Philly Gives is all about celebrating the power that small acts of kindness have to change someone’s life, soÂ we’re challenging YOU to do one thing each day this month for someone elseÂ (don’t worry, we already put together a cheat sheet for you!).
Day #1 Smile at a stranger (but not in a creepy way).
Day #2Â Send someone a text that reads “Thank you for being you- I’m grateful to have you in my life.”
Day #3 Hold the door- or the elevator- for the person behind you (make sure you look them in the eye and smile at them).
Day #4 Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line at Starbucks (or Dunkin’ Donuts).
Day #5Â Leave an encouraging note for someone somewhere unexpected (like in aÂ cab or in someone’s lockerÂ at the gym).
Day #6Â Put your phone away when you’re in line at the coffee shop/grocery store, etc. and ask yourÂ barista/checkout clerk/etc. how their dayÂ has been (and really mean it)!
Day #7Â Leave something sweet (cookies/chocolate) in in your mailboxÂ with the flag up for your mailman (or woman!)
Day #8Â Compliment a stranger’s scarf/hair/shoes/etc. (it has to be a genuine compliment!) and watch them light up!
Day #9Â Is your boss having a tough week? Leave a small tokenÂ (like a bar of chocolate, a soothing candle or a calming tea) on their desk with a note that says, “Thought you might need this this week!”
Day #10Â Write a letter to a soldier thanking them for their service. No idea howÂ to mail it? You can send it for free through A Million ThanksÂ and they’ll make sure it’s delivered!
Day #11Â AskÂ someone for advice. Tell them you value their insight because you admire a specific quality or character trait about them!
Day #12Â Ask if you can help. Whether it’s a tourist that looks lost, an older person that dropped something, or your co-worker that is running late on a big deadline- just ask if you can help!
Day #13Â Refuse to label others. Don’t assume you know what someone has been through, or what their story is. If you have time, ask them. If not- at the very least- don’t label them based on your assumptions.
Day #15Â Donate gently usedÂ toys/clothes that are still in great shape to a low incomeÂ child care center, a local Salvation Army, or a shelter.
Day #16Â Take cookies to your local volunteer fire department (they don’t even have to be home made).
Day #17Â Buy 5Â non-perishable food items on your next grocery trip and donate them (most ACME food stores have bags already set up that you can purchase at check-out and they’ll donate them for you!)
Day #18Â Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while just to say hi.
Day #19Â Tell someone how they’ve inspired you.
Day #20Â For one day, say “thank you” for everything (the change the cashier hands you, the door someone holds for you, etc.) Why? Because the act of expressing gratitude for small things cultivates gratitude in YOU!
Day #21Â Skip your afternoon coffee run and donate $5 to your favorite charity.
Day #22Â Pay-it-forward by paying for an extra hour of parking when you pull out of that awesome spot on the street you scored. Can’t pay for parking? Pay something else forward (but nothing that costs more than $3-4!)
Day #23Â Acknowledge that the homeless person you pass everyday is human, and ask if you can buy him a cup of coffee orÂ a sandwich.
Day #24Â Give out Valentine’s heart candies just because it’s fun (and throws mature adults for a loop!).
Day #25Â Donate old (but not too old!)Â magazines to a local shelter/nursing home/community center…even the library!
Day #26Â Show some kindness toÂ a furry friendÂ by volunteering to walk a dog at a local shelter for an hour.
Day #27Â Put a $5 “shelterÂ care package” together using travel sized toiletry items from the Dollar Tree.
Day #28Â Take a meal to a friend or co-worker who’s not feeling well (ordering a pizza and having it delivered to themÂ counts too).
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